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Pirate Bay to Anonymous: Call Your Mom! Posted by Sean @ 17:13 GMT

UK Courts recently ordered Internet Service Providers to block access to The Pirate Bay. Yesterday, Virgin Media was attacked by some that claim associations to the Anonymous collective.

Well, The Pirate Bay had something to say about the attack on its Facebook page.

Seems like some random Anonymous groups have run a DDOS campaign against Virgin media and some other sites. We'd like to be clear about our view on this: We do NOT encourage these actions. We believe in the open and free internets, where anyone can express their views. Even if we strongly disagree with them and even if they hate us. So don't fight them using their ugly methods. DDOS and blocks are both forms of censorship. If you want to help; start a tracker, arrange a manifestation, join or start a pirate party, teach your friends the art of bittorrent, set up a proxy, write your political representatives, develop a new p2p protocol, print some pro piracy posters and decorate your town with, support our promo bay artists or just be a nice person and give your mom a call to tell her you love her.

TPB: We believe in the open and free internets, where anyone can express their views. Even if we strongly disagree with them and even if they hate us.

My take: Love thy enemy.

TPB: So don't fight them using their ugly methods. DDOS and blocks are both forms of censorship.

My take: Two wrongs don't make a right.

TPB: If you want to help; start a tracker, arrange a manifestation, join or start a pirate party, teach your friends the art of bittorrent, set up a proxy, write your political representatives, develop a new p2p protocol…

My take: Don't be destructive. Better to be "subversive".

TPB: …print some pro piracy posters and decorate your town with, support our promo bay artists or just be a nice person and give your mom a call to tell her you love her.

My take: Call your mother. She worries about you.

Now some Anons out there may push back at The Pirate Bay's claim that DDoS equals censorship. There are numerous Anons that have claimed DDoS attacks are a form of digital protest similar to a sit-in. But consider this: a sit-in is a form of trespass, and trespass and preventing access to others is a crime.

A crime for which the world's greatest human rights leaders have been arrested. But that's the whole point. Civil disobedience is about non-violent resistance — breaking the rules and yet showing respect to the framework in order to change the rules. DDoS is not a non-violent protest. And the attempted lack of accountability is not respecting your fellow members of society.

Anon protip: there's a very good reason why Letter from Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King, Jr. is (and always will be) infinitely more powerful than would be "YouTube video by Anon-MLK #OpBirmingham".

Kudos to the Pirate Bay crew for so clearly understanding this truth.

Regards,
Sean






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